Conversation "in confidence": After the tearful death: Funkel set up FC double packer Duda

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First Jonas Hector (30), now Ondrej Duda (26) – FC celebrates the next double packer. The Slovak shot the billy goats on Friday evening (April 23) for a 3-2 win in Augsburg, and is now Cologne’s best goalscorer and assists. Duda is getting better and more important in the relegation battle!

  • Ondrej Duda hits twice against FC Augsburg
  • Tears and dream goals: The midfield star of 1. FC Köln experienced a rollercoaster ride of emotions this week
  • Friedhelm Funkel and Horst Heldt explain how important Duda is for FC

When the goal of the month is soon being sought again in the “Sportschau”, the FC fans will probably be able to vote diligently – it would be a scandal if Ondrej Duda’s volleyball hit for a 1-0 lead in Augsburg were not nominated.

Friedhelm Funkel: “That has to be the goal of the month”

Skhiri crossed from the left to the edge of the penalty area and Duda knocked the ball into the net from 17 meters with a direct tap. With his weaker foot! “I thought about accepting the ball because it came on the left. But when I shot, I knew that I had made the right decision, ”said Duda, explaining his insane hit.

Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz stretched in vain when Ondrej Duda shot made it 1-0 on Friday evening (April 23).

For FC coach Friedhelm Funkel (67), the matter is already clear: “Since there are no international matches where hits traditionally always get a lot of votes, this should be the goal of the month for April. Ondrej’s technique was perfect, sensational. “

Ondrej Duda: Top scorer of 1. FC Köln after a performance deficit

For Funkel and FC, Duda, who later made it 3-0 in Augsburg, is now indispensable in the fight to stay in the league.

After a strong phase at the end of 2020, the Slovakian fell into a performance gap at the beginning of the new year and was only involved in one goal from the 12th to the 22nd matchday. But the closer the season approaches, the stronger Duda becomes: In his past eight appearances, he has collected seven scorer points. With seven goals, Duda is now Cologne’s only top scorer, and with six assists by far the best assists.

Horst Heldt: Ondrej Duda is an “elegant footballer”

Sports boss Horst Heldt (51) says about the EXPRESS: “Ondrej had an absolute creamy day in Augsburg. Everyone did a great job, but of course they stood out. Not only is he a sure-footed penalty taker and elegant footballer – he is now turning that into a goal threat. That makes me happy and helps us. “

Ondrej Duda celebrates the victory of 1. FC Cologne in Augsburg with Friedhelm Funkel.

FC coach Friedhelm Funkel hugs his double packer Ondrej Duda after the victory in Augsburg on April 23, 2021.

Coach Funkel adds: “Ondrej is an excellent player and so important to the team. He also ran a lot and was the second strongest player after Ellyes Skhiri against Leipzig. ”In Augsburg, Duda (13.10 km) even outperformed the Tunisian (13.05 km).

Friedhelm Funkel: Hotel conversation with Ondrej Duda

For the ex-Herthaner (came before the start of the season for seven million euros), the English week was also a rollercoaster ride of emotions: After the 2-1 success against RB Leipzig, when he had Hector’s winning goal with a hoe, Duda went in with tears the eyes off the square – he had taken nasty insults against his family.

Funkel straightened his midfield director during a personal conversation in the hotel in Augsburg: “What the Leipzig player said to him he told me in confidence and it doesn’t belong in public. But it’s been very, very offensive. Hence, I understand Ondrej’s excitement. He’s a player you have to take with you. “

Funkel succeeded in doing this. First tears, then dream goals!

1. FC Köln have Werder Bremen in their sights

On the way to relegation, the FC now needs more Duda hits. Cologne’s number 18 makes it clear: “We are happy about the victories, but there is still no reason to celebrate, because we have not achieved anything and are still fighting to stay in the league.”

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Due to Bremen’s 1: 3 bankruptcy at Union Berlin on Saturday afternoon, Duda & Co. now have Werder in their sights. The Hanseatic League is only one point ahead of FC. Just like the Bielefeld people who have to go to Gladbach on Sunday evening (6 p.m.).

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